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August 2017

Board of Supervisors Awards $140,000 in Economic Development Funding

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded nearly $140,000 in economic development funding to 10 Linn County organizations. Twenty-five organizations applied for funding with total requests exceeding $590,000.

The Linn County Economic Development Fund was established following the 2008 flood to foster and support economic growth and enhance quality of life throughout Linn County. This is a competitive application process. Applications are accepted on an annual basis.

For a list of this year’s recipients, visit our website.

Property Taxes Due October 2

The semiannual installment of property and mobile home tax statements were mailed Aug. 18. The deadline to pay the first half of property taxes this year is Oct. 2, due to Sept. 30, the normal deadline, falling on a weekend.

Payments can be made:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at the Treasurer’s Office
  • by calling the Treasurer’s Office at 319-892-5500

County Treasurers collect property taxes on behalf of all jurisdictions in the county and then distribute the taxes collected. Approximately 16 percent of property taxes paid by Linn County property owners in incorporated areas are used to fund Linn County government operations and services. The remaining 84 percent of property taxes goes to the property taxpayer’s city of residence, school district and other taxing bodies in the county. Linn County taxes represent slightly more than one-third of property taxes for rural residents.

See the reverse side of your property tax statement for a detailed breakdown by percentage and actual dollar amount of how your individual property taxes are distributed among the taxing jurisdictions. MORE...

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The Linn County Temporary Redistricting Commission during their meeting Aug. 18, 2017.

Linn County Temporary Redistricting Commission Begins Work

The five-member Linn County Temporary Redistricting Commission held its first meeting Aug. 18. The Commission was appointed by the Linn County Board of Supervisors per Iowa code following the November 2016 election where Linn County voters voted to reduce the membership of the Linn County Board of Supervisors from five to three. On Aug. 1, 2017, Linn County voters voted to keep the current district representation plan, known as Plan 3, which requires supervisors to live in the district they represent and only residents of the district can vote for that supervisor. Linn County’s supervisor districts must now be redrawn from five to three.

The Linn County Temporary Redistricting Commission is responsible for drawing equal-population redistricting maps that conform to requirements outlined in Iowa Code. The commission voted to use Linn County’s Geographic Information System (GIS) department to generate the maps. After meeting code requirements, including holding a public hearing on the proposed map plans, the commission will submit a plan to the Board of Supervisors and the Secretary of State for approval. New supervisor districts must be designated by February 15, 2018.

All meetings of the temporary redistricting commission are open to the public. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 Second St. SW, Cedar Rapids. Signup to be notified of the meetings and agendas.

The temporary redistricting commission members are: Ray Dochterman, Cindy Golding, Sarah Halbrook, Dave Machacek and Nate Willems.

All three supervisor seats will be on the ballot during the general election in November 2018. The three member Board of Supervisors will take office January 2, 2019.

Linn County K9 Officer Bingo
Linn County K9 Bingo

Linn County Sheriff’s Office K9 Bingo to Get Body Armor

Linn County Sheriff’s Office K9 Bingo will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Bingo’s vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Alaska K9 Center, North Pole, Alaska and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Helo, Alaska State Trooper.”

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. The non-profit was established in 2009 to help provide law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers.

Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 

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You’re Invited!
Linn Landowner Forum

Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Clearwater Farms

4970 Lakeside Rd.
Marion, IA

A new Linn County movement is beginning to help landowners bring more nature to their land. Together we can restore and preserve 10,000 more acres of natural land in Linn County! This will benefit pollinators and wildlife, increase water quality and help mitigate flooding. Our neighborhoods will be healthier, our waters cleaner and our lives more interesting.

Partnerships with Indian Creek Nature Center, the Monarch Research Project, Linn County Conservation, Trees Forever, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and workshop sponsor Alliant Energy Corporation bring this workshop to landowners in Linn County and surrounding counties. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Meet helpful experts 
  • Learn how even small natural areas benefit wildlife, pollinators and land quality
  • Enjoy interactive sessions on keeping your woods healthy, planting a micro-prairie and much more
  • Witness the release of roughly 300 monarch butterflies into the wild after the workshop

At the end, attendees who commit to planting and caring for a bit of prairie on their land will receive enough free seed for a 10'x40' prairie!

Free admission. 
RSVP is appreciated by Sept. 4.
Register soon. Space is limited.

Sign up here or call Linn County Conservation at 319-892-6450.

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Absentee Voting Underway for School Board Elections

Early, absentee voting is underway in Linn County for the Regular School Board Elections.

Vote In-Person:
Individuals may vote in-person at the Election Services Department of the Auditor’s Office. The office is located in the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 Second St. SW in Cedar Rapids. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Vote by Mail:
Voters may also request an absentee ballot by mail. These voters may return their ballot by mail or hand-deliver their ballot to the Election Services Department. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Monday, Sept. 11.

Visit for all election-related information for Linn County.  

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Linn County Receives “SolSmart Silver” Award for Advancing Solar Energy Growth

SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, has awarded a silver designation to Linn County for its significant action to promote a robust local solar market.

As a SolSmart Silver designee, Linn County is receiving national recognition for adopting programs and practices that make it faster, easier and cheaper to go solar. A SolSmart designation is a signal that the community is “open for solar business,” helping to attract solar industry investment and generate economic development and local jobs.

To achieve designation, cities and counties take steps to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are non-hardware costs that can increase the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. Examples of soft costs include planning and zoning; permitting; financing; customer acquisition; and installation labor. Soft costs now represent roughly two-thirds of the total price of an installed residential system. Reducing these costs leads to savings that are passed on to consumers.

SolSmart is a national designation and technical assistance program that recognizes leading solar communities and empowers additional communities to expand their local solar markets to make it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access solar energy to meet their electricity needs. Learn more at

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Solarize Your Home or Business

Are you interested in adding solar power to your home, farm or business?

Start by attending a  free Solar Power Hour informational session that teaches you the basics of solar, its financial implications for your household, and how the program works.
Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County is a joint effort of the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, The Nature Conservancy, Indian Creek Nature Center and Iowa 350. This program will reduce carbon emissions while providing residents with the opportunity to invest in their own high-quality renewable energy solar installation with potentially significant savings on installation cost.
Visit for more information and dates for the upcoming Solar Power Hours. 

Cedar Valley Nature Trail Depot in Center Point
Cedar Valley Nature Trail Depot in Center Point

Linn County Groups Mark Opening of Paved Trail to Center Point

After several months of construction and final touches, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail paving project from Schultz Road to Ash Lane in Center Point is complete.

Linn County Trails Association and Linn County Conservation held a ribbon-cutting Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at the Center Point Depot Museum.

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail opened to the public in 1983. The Cedar Valley Nature Trail connects nearly 70 miles from Cedar Falls to Ely on a mix of soft and hard surfaces. It is one of the nation’s oldest rail-trails, and an important segment on the American Discovery Trail, which will eventually connect the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco to the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware.

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Did you know Linn County provides regular email and text updates on secondary road work throughout the county? Visit our website for a list of county road construction projects and to subscribe to the notification list.

Linn County Offices to Close Sept. 4 for Labor Day

Most Linn County governmental offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. The following services will continue to operate:

  • Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services
  • The Sheriff’s Office will be closed; however, continuous operations will be available for routine and emergency responses. This includes the Patrol Division, Communications Division and the Correctional Center. In an emergency, always dial 911.

Vehicle registration renewals and property taxes can be paid online at any time at

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